Traditional Online MSW

The University of Denver’s traditional online MSW program is designed for aspiring social workers who do not hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and are driven to pursue a career powered by purpose.

The MSW@Denver curriculum immerses students in the theory and practice of social work by pairing online courses with relevant field internship experiences.


graduate-level credits


months to complete full time


months to complete part time


hours of field internships

View the traditional online MSW sample course schedule.

Foundation Curriculum

Explore the history and key values of the social work profession as you gain the understanding and skill set you need to become a purpose-driven practitioner.

In your foundation courses, you will learn and discuss a variety of concepts, including human development and behavior, the impact of oppression on communities, and ethical social work practice.

Concentration Curriculum

Develop your future practice to meet the needs of your community by choosing one of two concentrations: Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness.

Field Internships

As a traditional online MSW student, you will complete two internships—one foundation internship and one concentration internship. Working under the guidance of a licensed social worker at a site in or near your own community, you will apply what you learn in the classroom to solve challenges in real-world social work settings.

Foundation Year Internship – 10 Hours a Week

The foundation year field internship builds upon your values, knowledge and skills as they relate to the social work profession.

Concentration Year Internship – 12.5 Hours a Week

During your concentration year field internship, you will focus on the professional skills you need for advanced social work practice in mental health and trauma or health, equity and wellness.

Learn more about field internships.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for admission in the traditional online MSW, you must:

hold a bachelor’s degree other than a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a regionally accredited college or university (applicants with a BSW should apply to the advanced-standing MSW track).

have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (a 3.0 GPA is preferred; however, if your GPA is lower than 3.0, the admission committee is likely to look at your last 60 or 90 undergraduate credits).

Learn more about our admission requirements.

Online Student Experience

Designed to meet the needs of today’s online learner, MSW@Denver offers a challenging, inspiring curriculum created and led by our expert University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work faculty.

On our digital campus, MSW students collaborate closely, advocate for social justice and create positive change in our world.

Learn more about the MSW@Denver online student experience.

Request information to learn more about MSW@Denver or contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-219-5995.